Laser cooling in a Mg atomic beam is reported for the first time to our knowledge. Previous cooling experiments were performed by using visible or infrared lasers. The Mg atoms were cooled by using an intracavity frequency-doubled dye laser at 285 nm to reach the resonant 1S0–1P1, transition. Evidence of laser cooling was obtained even with the limited available laser power (≈1–2 mW).
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 13, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: January 20, 1989
Published: April 1, 1989
N. Beverini, S. De Pascalis, E. Maccioni, D. Pereira, F. Strumia, G. Vissani, Y. Z. Wang, and C. Noverot, "Evidence for laser cooling in a magnesium atomic beam," Opt. Lett. 14, 350-352 (1989)